Tonight’s game looked far different than last night’s with several people out of the lineup, including No. 1 overall pick Victor Wembanyama. The Blazers were also down several players, including Shaedon Sharpe, Deandre Ayton, Anfernee Simons and Duop Reath.
The first quarter was much closer tonight than it was yesterday with both teams tied at 29 after 12 minutes. But then the Blazers outscored the Spurs 42-27 in the second quarter to take control of the game. From there, Portland cruised. San Antonio clawed back, but the game never felt particularly close after that.
Malcolm Brogdon and Jerami Grant scored 27 points apiece while Scoot Henderson notched a double-double with 22 points and 11 assists. For the Spurs, Keldon Johnson scored a team-high 29 points.
Here’s a look at how the game went:
Neither team had a lead larger than five points as the two teams traded jab after jab in the first quarter. Malcolm Brogdon set the tone with five points and two assists.
Former Blazers center Zach Collins also got things going for the Spurs, scoring six points for San Antonio.
In the second quarter, the Blazers began to pull away with an 11-0 run that gave them the lead for good.
Jabari Walker scored six of his 25 points off the bench in that stretch alone while Grant added the other five points.
The Blazers built the lead by as much as 26 points, but the Spurs began to chip away and even built a 14-2 run to cut the deficit down to 10.
The Spurs scored the last nine points in the quarter, including a 3-pointer from Doug McDermott as the final bucket of the period.
The Spurs got as close to an eight-point deficit, but a 7-0 run with Ibou Badji free throws, a Skylar Mays triple and a Grant 18-footer put the Blazers back up double digits until the very end of the game.
A 9-1 run in the final minute made the score look much closer than what the game actually was.
Stay tuned for extended analysis coming soon!
The Blazers face the Phoenix Suns Monday night at the Footprint Center with the start time, 6:00 PM, Pacific.